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  • Thank you more particularly for arranging my trip to nDzuti, at such short notice and against all the odds of stolen passport and therefore also no currency exchange! I did so appreciate the utter trust you placed in me when you paid for the entire trip yourself! I hope you did not have a sleepless night! In recommending nDzuti I think you interpreted my wishes exactly! The style of the place suited me perfectly and it was the most marvellous experience. The facilities, as you will have found, were fairly basic but quite adequate for a comfortable stay. Brett and Sherie were welcoming and hospitable. Sherie supplied plenty of nourishing food for breakfast, lunch and supper in a friendly, homely fashion. Brett was a great guide on our safari drives. The lodge was full for the first night, including a lively and talkative family group, but when they departed midday on Monday it was then calm and peaceful, with just a young couple and myself, and it was a real joy to be in the midst of the vastness of the bush with no other people within sight or sound! The wildlife, apart from fairly ubiquitous impala, was somewhat scarce (not that I have any measure of experience to go by!) but I liked the feeling that there was no guarantee of seeing game that was free to roam far and wide. Sometimes fleeting glimpses were all the more exciting for being so brief! We did get very good viewings as well! On the first evening we saw quite a wide range of wildlife, including a close-up of a very large rhino who was not in any hurry! On the way home in the dark we came across a lioness with two 6 week old cubs (what a great guide we had!). I was amazed how unperturbed she was by our presence and was moving in a very leisurely way, so we had extremely good viewing. Brett found them again the following evening, just as relaxed, with the cubs playing within yards of the landrover - fantastic! Talking of lions, that same evening, as we relaxed after supper, Brett heard a couple of lions roaring some distance away and said "Let's go and find them!" - so he did, and in the spotlight we saw two fine males unhurriedly patrolling their territory. Again they were totally unfazed by our presence, stopping for a scratch and a lie down. While the lights were turned off to conserve batteries, a roar from a far distant lion prompted a response from our two, and their roaring just a few yards from us in the darkness was a spine-tingling experience! We spent some time tracking a leopard which was stalking impala and which Brett was determined to find, but we had to be content with leopard tracks! Elephant were unusually elusive and it was only on the final morning that Brett located a fine 25 year old male after hearing a solitary trumpet from across the river, so I did see all the big five except the leopard. Together with sightings of many other mammals, birds and reptiles as well as the bush, the scenery and stunning panoramic views it was a wonderful and memorable safari trip! Some people might want slightly more sophisticated accommodation and cuisine but the style of nDzuti in the hands of Brett and Sherie suited me very well. With many thanks for your excellent arrangements of my safari trip, best wishes, Gervase.
    - Gervase .UK
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Global Warming Action

Published 24 October 2010 under Travelogue • Comments: 1
Global Warming Action

24 Oct 2010 -Make a Noise!

The 24 Oct 2010 is an International Day of Action on Global Climate Change and when we, the people are implored to “make a bigger noise”!  In so doing, we will draw attention to global climate change and insist on Real Solutions that will help us attain the goal of 350 parts per million of CO2 in our atmosphere and so halt runaway climate change. Some of the action planned for the big day in South Africa, namely Cape Town is an arrangement of 350 ice blocks on Muizenberg Beach and 350 banners on Table Mountain. An inspirational concept is that of the “Flapper Snappers” a group of birders who have come up with the 350-24 -24 challenge: to photograph 350 bird species in 24 hours and have the images on the internet by the next day! Some churches pledge to ring their bells 350 times and WWF’s Green Choice has 350 households creating low carbon Sunday lunches. All these initiatives are an effort to seize the attention of our leaders and let them know we want action towards combating climate change.
American scientist Dr James Hansen of NASA has long been researching global climate change and conceptualised the 350 ratio; that of carbon dioxide in parts per million in our atmosphere that we should globally be aiming for.  The advantage of using a number and not a slogon is that numerals are among the few things most people in the world recognise. With the figure 350 we now have a tangible worldwide symbol to work towards that knows no language, or any other form of human differences, but is a global initiative.
On 10/10/10, a worldwide work party was staged by Some of the tasks undertaken were simple but effective like tree planting while others involved technological knowhow like solar installations and wind turbine projects but all sent a message to our leaders- loud and clear- if we can get to work to slow climate change then so can you!
In the words of Ed Millband, Brittan’s secretary for Climate Change & Energy. “We politicians know the science regarding climate change, we understand. And, we see what is needed, and it is huge! What we don’t have yet, is the courage to take the massive, internationally co-operative leaps necessary, because we don’t yet have the feeling that the citizens of our countries are awake to the gravity of this peril. Please, make a much bigger noise.”
Here in our Kruger to Canyon Biosphere we have a bear’s share of environmentalists and conservationists and have yet to come up with a 350 initiative.
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